Porsche and Boeing team up to develop an electric ‘flying car’
Porsche joins ranks with Boeing to fill the skies with flying taxis
Back to the Future’s flying car may not be a fantasy for much longer if Porsche has anything to do with it. It might not quite be the DeLorean but Porsche has teamed up with Boeing to develop a concept electric flying vehicle capable of passenger transportation in an urban environment.
This could be a way for both companies to explore an introduction into the budding air mobility segment that could be worth trillions in the future. Engineers from Porsche and Boeing are working on fine-tuning a concept that merges the sensibilities of the two brands to bring about a luxurious and fast means of transport.
Boeing is already working to introduce small self-flying vehicles ahead of Airbus SE and other companies. At the same time, Porsche is looking to build luxury flying cars that can be used as taxis and for ride-sharing purposes.
Steve Nordlund, Vice President of Boeing NeXt, said: “This collaboration builds on our efforts to develop a safe and efficient new mobility ecosystem, and provides an opportunity to investigate the development of a premium urban air mobility vehicle with a leading automotive brand. Porsche and Boeing together bring precision engineering, style and innovation to accelerate urban air mobility worldwide.”
The partnership comes at a crucial time for both companies. Porsche is trying to revive its brand after a diesel emissions scandal and Boeing is struggling to recover from its worse crisis since two of its 737 MAX planes crashed.
Boeing and Porsche may be the heavyweights of the industry but they’ll face stiff competition from others racing to launch a commercial aerial vehicle. Audi is designing similar flying taxis with Airbus while Aston Martin also wants in on the action. Hyundai is working to develop the technology in-house and Uber is working with NASA to race ahead of the competition. Even Google co-founder Larry Page is investing in a start up named Kitty Hawk that operates in partnership with Boeing, according to Digital Trends.